Research Vessel Mate/Relief Captain (00059A)

Old Dominion University Human Resources   Norfolk, VA   Full-time     Ship Building / Ship Repair
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Posted on March 21, 2021

Responsible for operating, assisting, and completely maintaining a major research vessel to support oceanographic function. Performs and controls deck operations. Operates various vessel machinery and performs maintenance. Serves as captain of research vessel, assuming full responsibility and control, when requested by supervisor.

Required Qualifications:

Demonstrated knowledge of ship-handling, anchoring, and rules of the road (Inland & International). Demonstrated knowledge of vessel navigation, including use of electronic charts and radar plotting. Demonstrated knowledge of vessel communications, including AIS, VHF & SSB radios. Demonstrated knowledge of engine room procedures and maintenance and repair including winches, windlasses, capstan, A-frame, etc. Knowledge of oceanographic instrumentation, including PC-based data acquisition systems. Knowledge of marine safety and safety equipment. Basic computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, email, and navigation software. Small boat handling and trailering.  Ability to interact with embarked scientists, research staff, vendors, and outside agencies with a pleasant demeanor. Ability to understand oceanographic project requirements and rig deck equipment for over-the-side operations. Ability to conduct demonstrations and tours regarding vessel operations for VIPs, faculty, students, and the general public. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks. Knowledge and ability to ensure adherence to Coast Guard rules and regulations, and other federal and local rules and regulations. Basic working knowledge of all vessel’s systems and their proper maintenance: diesel engines, winches (hydraulic, electrical) fire suppression, communication, and navigational systems. Ability to enroll in the Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug Consortium. Some related marine experience on vessels fifty-five (55ft) or larger with an outstanding record.

Required Special Licenses, registration, or certifications:

USCG Master license (100Gross Tons, Inland Waters—minimum). Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC). CPR & First Aid Certificate. FCC Marine Operators Permit. Valid driver’s license and insurable record.

Preferred Qualification:

USCG Radar Observer (unlimited). Some marine experience on USCG Inspected Vessels. Some marine experience on research vessels or equivalent. Working knowledge of common oceanographic data collection equipment and techniques.

Conditions of Employment: Requires flexibility in the daily regimen to work occasional extended hours or on some weekend days. Must successfully participate in random DOT Drug Testing program. Must maintain USCG license, TWIC card, current CPR & First Aid certifications, and maintain a valid driver’s license with an insurable record.

To review the full position requirements and submit an application, please visit and follow the online instructions.  Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.